2017 Atlantic hurricane season ends after 17 named storms

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

A quick look-back at a very active season.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is officially over and it was an active one.

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There were 17 named storms, 10 strengthened to hurricanes and six of those became major hurricanes, strengthening to a Category 3 or higher.

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The average Atlantic hurricane season sees 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The first named storm was Tropical Storm Arlene in April. Hurricane Franklin, which was a Category 1 storm, was the first hurricane of the 2017 season. 

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Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane of the season and brought devastation to Texas towards the end of August when it made landfall as a Category 4 major hurricane. It sat over southern Texas for days producing prolific rainfall, and brought the all-time rain record for a tropical storm in the United States dropping around 60 inches of rain. 

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Quickly after Harvey the development of Hurricane Irma in September. This was the first Category 5 major hurricane in the Atlantic since Hurricane Matthew in 2016 with Irma’s winds peaking at 185 mph. Irma’s eye passed over Barbuda destroying a huge portion of the island and made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in Cuba.

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Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the Bahamas since the 1990s and made landfall twice in Florida, first was Cudjoe Key and then again on Marco Island.

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The next major hurricane to impact the United States this year was Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico in September. Maria also strengthened to become a Category 5 hurricane and impacted Dominica. Maria then made landfall in Puerto Rico with winds around 155 mph on September 20th. 

Tropical Storm Rina was the final named storm of the season staying out to sea in the beginning of November. 

Warming trend to last through the weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:54 PM

Flooding concerns increase with snowmelt and rain this weekend.

A gradual warm-up will continue through the weekend and into the start of next week, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Some refreeze possible tonight
  • Temperatures climb into the 40s this weekend
  • Wet, but mild start to next week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected through the evening. Breezy conditions and chilly as temperatures fall through the 30s towards an overnight low in the upper 20s.

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Saturday: Sunshine to start the day, but clouds will increase late, Elwell said. It will be breezy at times with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

Sunday: Lots of clouds are expected during the day with a chance for drizzle or light rain and fog. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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Monday: Rain will be likely, especially in the afternoon. Gusty winds will also be likely with highs in the lower 50s. 

Tuesday: Colder air returns with blustery, cloudy conditions. A few passing flurries or snow showers are possible with highs in the middle 30s.

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Wednesday: Some sunshine returns but it will stay chilly. Highs will be in the upper 30s

WPAFB Friday Forecast: Chilly start, warm-up underway

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:06 AM

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After another chilly start, temperatures will make it back above freezing this afternoon for the first time in a week with highs in the middle 30s, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Skies will remain mostly sunny. Dry weather will stick around through the day Saturday with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. Temperatures are expected to rebound into the middle 40s.

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The warming trend will continue into Sunday, although you'll have to dust of the umbrellas with the chance for showers arriving by mid-morning.

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Showers will be even more likely Monday as high temperatures reach 50 degrees before falling late in the day.

Warming trend gets underway

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:29 AM

Temperatures rise, but rain comes along for the ride.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Blustery, still chilly tonight
  • Temps to head above normal this weekend
  • Showers return to the Valley by Sunday

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DETAILED FORECAST

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Tonight: Skies will be mostly clear. A few clouds will be possible from time to time. Temperatures will fall back into the upper teens by morning.

Friday: Expect mostly sunny skies and more seasonably temperatures climbing into the middle 30s. It will be a bit breezy at times.

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Saturday: Some sunshine will start the day but clouds will be on the increase. It will be milder with temperatures rising into the middle 40s. There will be the chance for a few showers or drizzle late at night with temperatures holding nearly steady.

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Sunday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for drizzle or light rain. Temperatures will top out in the upper 40s.

Monday: Cloudy skies are expected with showers likely, especially by late afternoon. It will be windy and mild with highs reaching into the lower 50s. Colder air will usher back in Monday night.

Tuesday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a chance for a few snow showers or flurries. It will be colder with blustery conditions and highs in the middle 30s.

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Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest.  Contributed photo
Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest. Contributed photo

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.

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  • Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
  • Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour.
  • Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors per hour. This year there will be a full moon.
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    • Perseids- This is a very active shower. August 11,12,13 head outside from the late evening through dawn. The moon this year won’t get in the way.
    • Draconids- This shower peaks October 8. It is better in the evening hours with only a handful of meteors per hour. 
    • Orionids- This shower peaks October 21 before dawn. There are 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon might get in the way.

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    • South Taurids- This shower peaks November 4-5. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight and there will be no moonlight. 
    • North Taurids- This shower peaks November 11-12. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight. 
    • Leonids- This shower peaks November 17 or 18. Look before dawn on those mornings to see 10-15 meteors per hour.
    • Geminids- This shower peaks December 13-14 with about 50 meteors per hour! It is best in the early morning before dawn. 

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